Helen Keller Hospital Conducts an Active Shooter Drill

Sheffield, Ala.Helen Keller Hospital conducted an active shooter drill on the hospital's campus around 10 a.m. Wednesday morning. Conducting an active shooter drill is one of many ways to ensure the safety of Helen Keller Hospital employees, volunteers, patients, visitors, and physicians in the event of an active shooter on the hospital's campus.

The Colbert County Sheriff's Department, Sheffield Police Department, Tuscumbia Police Department, Muscle Shoals Police Department, and the Colbert County Emergency Management Agency, also participated in the drill. Each agency was on the scene and served as evaluators for the event. "We are extremely grateful to our area first responders for their assistance in planning the drill as well as evaluating our performance. They were able to provide us with invaluable feedback that will make our hospital safer should a real world event ever take place, said Ronda Hood, safety officer for Helen Keller Hospital. "The goal of the drill was to make sure that as an organization we are trained to respond according to the procedures established, to make sure the procedures are correct and to evaluate how well we coordinate with other first responders in the community. At the end of the day the intent is for the patients and visitors to be kept safe and for employees and volunteers to go home to their families."